Saturday, May 04, 2019

Mothers Teachers and Librarians with struggling, middle grade readers

I also grew up as a struggling, reluctant reader. My life took a course of dramatic motion picture, video, and television commercial production. It is from that well of creative experience that my adventures and mysteries originate for young readers.
The following letter is from a middle school teacher who has used my adventures and mysteries in her classroom for the past few years. It most clearly reflects what I hear from mothers, teachers, and librarians who have trusted my books to interest their young children in reading.

Dear Teacher,
    My name is Sandra Stiles. I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Bradenton, Florida. I have always had a passion for reading. That passion doesn’t always transfer to your own children. My daughter was a struggling reader. It took another teacher to introduce her to an author whose books she devoured.  
    I am here to tell you about that author who has my students reading and fighting over his books.  Max Elliot Anderson has been one of my favorite authors for several years. Not only do I love his books, but my students love them as well.  I have three classes of students who have a remedial reading class, then they come to me for Language Arts.  
     When I did my first book pass with my students I made sure to have one of Max’s books in each pile to introduce them to his books. Both boys and girls love his books. Almost all of his books are not only filled with adventure, but also mystery. 
     One of my lowest readers has made it a goal to read all of Max’s books I have on my shelves. He has read eight books so far. The really cool part is that he started talking to some of the girls in the class. Now he has them reading them, too.
     Max has two major series, “The Sam Cooper” series and “The Accidental Adventures” series.  Both of these have characters that all kids - boys and girls alike - will love. 
     I can’t say enough about his books.  I highly recommend them to classrooms everywhere.
Sandra Stiles

ELA teacher/Dept. Chair
     With summer coming, reading won't necessarily be on the minds of middle grade students. You can recommend these books with confidence. And I hope Sandra's words will encourage you to add some of my books to your home, library, or classroom for next year.
Find most of my books here, on Amazon. If you see a title you like, but it isn't available, all of those are being republished by a new publisher and should be ready throughout 2019.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

REVIEWS of 5 NEW picture books for young readers.

REVIEWS of 5 NEW picture books for young readers. Two are from Margaret Wise Brown, best known for Goodnight Moon, and 3 from National Geographic.

Monday, April 08, 2019

My Raccoon Battle Adventure

This spring I’ve been in a battle of wits with raccoons in my back yard. 

Years ago, one took up residence inside my brick fireplace chimney and had a litter of babies in there. When the babies were older, I got them out by lowering an old curtain so they could climb out. Then we capped the opening.

But this year was different. Now they were eating all the seeds we'd bought for the birds and threatened to tear up the wooden feeder with their sharp claws.
I tried several things to discourage them including only putting enough seeds out for the day. But every last seed was gone the next morning.

Then I decided to adapt a trash can lid as a barrier since the others I’d used, which were much smaller, didn’t stop the intruders. But night after night, they still found their way to the top of the feeder and emptied everything.

Finally, when I looked closer, I found mud on the pins that held each section of the pole together. The raccoons were using the pins as a sort of ladder. I removed those and used heavy tape to join the pole sections.

The next morning, here is what I saw…muddy paw prints all over the side of the lid. But, to my pleasant surprise, nothing was touched in the feeder. The seeds and the peanuts were still there. And it’s been that way, night after night, ever since.

So now the raccoons will have to raid other feeders in the neighborhood while I save money on the seeds intended for our cardinals, doves, bluejays, sparrows, and other birds.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Middle Grade Adventure and Mystery Books ALERT

Several of my books are recently out of print since I recently lost a publisher. However, if you go to Amazon, trying to order one of my books, and it is listed as unavailable, this will be corrected soon. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Got kids 8 - 12 on Spring Break? Try one of these adventure-mystery books as another form of entertainment.

Got kids 8 - 12 on Spring Break? Try one of these adventure-mystery books as another form of entertainment. 

Not everything has to show up on an electronic device although these are available as e-books too.